The First Total Eclipse

Today is the first total eclipse visible ONLY in the USA.  


Really.  The last time a total solar eclipse was visible across the entire contiguous United States was during June 8, 1918.

But that’s not the end of it…

The last time an eclipse could be seen ONLY in the land that is now called America was before the United States came into existence in 1776.


The Fawn Meadow

We’ll have a 95% eclipse here at the farm.  We have AIRBNB guests who came just to view the eclipse and I think the Fawn Meadow could be a perfect spot.

Part of the family; my mom, sister, daughter, son in law and my granddaughters will see it first.  In fact, the first town to see the eclipse (Newport, Oregon) is where my family began their American experience. My grandfather was a fisherman who immigrated there from Scotland.

We’ll be seeing it near the end as the swath of darkness continues across Tennessee and South Carolina, exiting the mainland in mid-afternoon along the Atlantic coast northeast of Charleston.

Both the Indian and Andean health traditions Merri and I have studied and used say that ideally during an eclipse, there should not be any food in the stomach and we should refrain from dangerous activities and important decisions as much as possible.

Our friend, Blaine Watson, (1) who is an expert in the health sciences from India and Vedic Astrology sent me this note:  Those who are in the path of the eclipse, even though it is only partially visible, are advised not to expose themselves to the shadow.  Eclipses are shadows and considered delicate transition periods, like a change of state from liquid to gas for example where the liquid has to boil in order to create gas. This ‘boiling’ is considered unstable and unpredictable and it is best not to be exposed to it.  So, we stay inside. Especially during the total solar eclipse it is best to stay inside.  We also don’t want to have food in our stomachs while eclipses are going on. It is traditional to fast on eclipse days and not to eat until the eclipse is over. This is true for both lunar and solar eclipses.

This total solar eclipse occurs in the sign of Leo with mercury, the moon, the sun and Rahu all placed there at the time of the eclipse.  For those of us who have Leo moon signs or Leo rising signs, this eclipse will have a particularly strong impact and it will be important to take all precautions to avoid risky activities such as long distance travel or crossing streets or brushing teeth. This solar eclipse, occurring in the sign of Leo, the sign of the king of the jungle, Leo means lion, is deemed a king killer. National leaders are considered at risk as a result.

The Vedic and Andean philosophies don’t make a lot of sense to many people but I have found that if I look for it, I can usually find some Western scientific reasoning that backs up these ancient natural health ideas.

Here are some thoughts on why an eclipse could create some risks or confusion or instability.

One of the oldest colleges at the University of Kentucky, the College of Arts and Sciences, website gives us a clue in the article Melatonin pineal gland and circadian rhythms (2) say:  Amniote circadian organization derives from the interactions of circadian oscillators and photoreceptors located in the hypothalamic suprachiasmatic nuclei (SCN), the pineal gland, and the eyes. In mammals, circadian organization is dominated by the SCN, which serve as “master pacemakers” in the control of a wide array of behavioral and physiological rhythms (including locomotion, sleep-wake, thermoregulation, cardiovascular function, and many endocrine processes). Among the rhythms under SCN control in mammals are the circadian synthesis and secretion of the pineal hormone melatonin, which relies on a multisynaptic pathway via the sympathetic nervous system to maintain and entrain rhythmicity in this hormone. Several studies have indicated that pineal melatonin feeds back on SCN rhythmicity to modulate circadian patterns of activity and other processes.

In short, a full solar eclipse screws up the circadian cycle.  Body chemistry gets thrown out of whack.  This is something like instant jet lag without  the flight.  That’s why, if you are in the path of the eclipse, it makes sense to exercise the same precautions you would after a long flight, eat lightly, avoid making important decisions and avoid any dangerous activity.

Your body chemistry, thoughts, emotions are out of whack.

You may be a bit imbalanced, just as the birds, the dogs, cats and all living beings that are synced to the sun will be.

A few suggestions for overcoming the Eclipse Lag include bathing or taking a shower after the eclipse is over.

Meditate.  We use TM… a form of meditation… but any relaxation or meditation tactic you choose… that works for you… is great.  There are many wonderful ways to relax and/or meditate.

A good alternative is to listen to Baroque music to modulate the frequencies of your mind.  Listen to 60 cycle Baroque music.

Here is a portion of the 60 cycle music list we use.  Bach, J.S.: Largo from Concerto in G Minor for Flute and Strings. Bach and Telemann Flute Concerts and Aria to The Goldberg Variations.
Corelli, A.: Sarabanda (largo) from Concerto #7 in D Minor.
Corelli: 12 Concerti Grossi op.5.
Handel, G.F.: Largo from Concerto #1 in F. Music from the Royal Fireworks.
Telemann, G.: Largo from Double Fantasia in G Major for Harpsichord.
6 Fantasias for Harpsichord Vivaldi, A.: Largo from Winter. The Four Seasons.

Finally take some L- Theanine, one of the chemicals found in green tea.  Theanine is used to reduce stress and anxiety without the tranquilizing effects found in many other calming agents.  Scientific evidence shows that Theanine stimulates the brain’s production of alpha waves, making the user feel relaxed but alert and not drowsy. It also helps the body produce other calming amino acids, such as dopamine, GABA, and tryptophan. As might be expected from a calming supplement, Theanine may be able to lower elevated blood pressure as well.

We use the “Source Naturals” brand called Theanine Serene.

This eclipse starts being seen where I was born and ends where I live now, so in a way for me it connects the here and now with the past.  Interesting.  I am not sure but will be sure to take all four steps after the eclipse!

I hope you find this first time ever event interesting as well and not in the Chinese curse (May You Live in Interesting Times) sort of way.


(1) Learn more about Vedic Sciences from Blaine Watson at

(2) Melatonin pineal gland and circadian rhythms

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